Posted by psgels on 1 August 2009 with categories: Canaan



Yeah, I’m going to stop blogging this series after this episode. I’m going to be putting it under “sporadically updated” in case something peculiar does happen, but so far it’s really been much of the same: excellent graphics, great directing, nice character-chemistry, but the storyline still needs a lot of work. I still really like this series, but I’m running out of things to praise it for.

And it’s not like this episode didn’t develop the storyline either: Chinese Waitress Girl got some much-needed depth, and Alphard Side Kick Girl (yeah, I’m too lazy to look up their names) proved herself to be so kickass that she doesn’t need to dry herself after taking a shower because the water seems to just… evaporate apparently(sounds like a bad Chuck Norris joke, doesn’t it?), so kickass that she eats paper (seriously… wtf?) and so kickass that she doesn’t care about the life of her subordinates and just sends them to get killed off. Despite these flaws, I’m interested but you can really see that the storyline is second fodder to the matters that the creators find really important to this show.

My biggest criticism for this series is how it advertised itself, though: “The modern-day story centers on a group of people, from all walks of life, who are brought together in Shanghai by bizarre events with worldwide implications.” That makes it sound like the next Baccano or something, which it clearly isn’t.

Anyway, I can always blog another big budgeted action series. There’s one particular series this season that’s probably never going to appear again after it finishes, and I want to have a shot at it.
Rating: * (Good)

10 Responses

  1. Westlo says:

    I guess the storyline needs flaws like Shangri-la to become interesting…

    “My biggest criticism for this series is how it advertised itself, though: “The modern-day story centers on a group of people, from all walks of life, who are brought together in Shanghai by bizarre events with worldwide implications.” That makes it sound like the next Baccano or something, which it clearly isn’t.”

    That’s the synopsis for 428 which isn’t Canaan…

  2. psgels psgels says:

    “That’s the synopsis for 428 which isn’t Canaan…”
    Ah, so that’s where the misunderstanding comes from. I should have known that information from myanimelist should always be taken with a grain of salt.

    “I guess the storyline needs flaws like Shangri-la to become interesting”
    Not necessarily. There are lots of shows currently airing with great and hardly flawed storylines. Canaan just happens to not be one of them, and I probably would have liked Shangri-La even better if it were without flaws. The thing I like about Shangri-la is not its flaws, but rather that it has enough to offer to make up for these flaws. ;)

  3. ancalyme says:

    You stop blogging exactly the show I dropped for lack of time and interest, lol. This is what I call divine inspiration *laugh*

  4. specracer says:

    So are you going to pick up Spice and Wolf?

  5. TJ says:

    “sounds like a bad Chuck Norris joke, doesn’t it?”

    Liang Qi is like an evil lesbian version of Chuck Norris lol.

    Agreed about the story though. Hasn’t gone very far in 5 episodes.

  6. qwaszx says:

    finally, its been a year and this is the first time i agree with you.

  7. mds says:

    Well,now you’re like dropping new shows too much quickly without even after halfway of it (and almost all the shows you’ve dropped from blogging sadly also dropped from watching so there’s no review for it XP)

    by the way,what’s this another big-budgeted- action-series that woludn’t-reappear-in-nest-season??
    from your monthly summaries,I can only think of Shin Mazinger Z ,and that’s about 18 episodes already…

  8. psgels psgels says:

    mds: oh, don’t worry. I have all the intentions to finish Canaan.

    And the series I intend to blog instead of this one is in no way big budgetted or action. I meant that instead of blogging such a show that you can find in every season, there is one particular series that’s completely different and that’s probably never going to appear again after this season. And that’s the one I want to have a shot at.

  9. brownrice says:

    well yeah i agree with you on canaan. it doesnt really make me stick to it, but ill make sure to read ur review on it wen its done!

    btw, will you be blogging Bakemonogatari?

  10. Typewriter says:

    “That’s the synopsis for 428 which isn’t Canaan…”

    Er. 428 takes place exclusively in Shibuya, which is not even near Shanghai.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:57 AM)
    @K-off: no but you’re right tho. There are shows that you can write a dissertation on each of its episodes, and then there’s others that you’ll be stretching it past a few sentences. They don’t all deserve the same treatment.
  • K-Off
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:50 AM)
    @Aidan Gamestop is a block from my apartment, and I couldn’t find anything better than 60 online.
    @Bam I said that in humor, but I agree every show has an audience and it wouldn’t hurt to get to those less covered animes every now and then. Hell, I remember psgels reviewing AKB0048 and ended up actually liking it.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:15 AM)
    Also I vaguely remember hearing about Belladona, might check out the remastered at some point.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 03:14 AM)
    @Kaiser: then Harmony is just like Empire of Corpses, a waste of good animation. Oh well, I’ll watch it once and forget about it then. Is there a torrent out for it already?
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 02:22 AM)
    K-off: well usually these settings are backdrop for some form of character development, you can talk about that. There are some slice of life shows in which nothing happens, those are probably not worth reviewing tho. That’s why I’m still in favor of some shows getting a few episode reviewed at once.
  • AidanAK47
    (Tuesday, Jun 28. 2016 01:59 AM)
    @K-Off, thats odd. I got Tokyo Mirage for 40 euro. Were as I spent 60 on Fates. This time I bought it off amazon after finding out it was cheaper there.
  • K-Off
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 11:03 PM)
    Damn Tokyo Mirage is expensive. Costs more than a Fire Emblem game and Persona 4 combined so this better be worth it.
  • K-Off
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 10:57 PM)
    Always difficult to talk about slice of lifes. Usually its always “This week our characters went to the park. The end.”
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:42 PM)
    @Bam: There was this bizzaro Joan of arc slide show arthouse erotica anime from the 70s that recently got a re-release, its somewhat tied to Tezuka, really trippy shit, Kanashimi no belladonna.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Jun 27. 2016 05:35 PM)
    As a book I could see it flowing better. Oshii or Kamiyama could more effectively adapt such density of material to screen.

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